Patricia Campos-Medina Responds to Being Excluded from First U.S. Senate Debate

Jan 25, 2024 | Press Release

“Moderation and nepotism are not why I am running for U.S. Senate.”

Califon, NJFollowing news that she has been excluded from participating in the first debate between New Jersey candidates for U.S. Senate, Patricia Campos-Medina issued the following statement:

“It is no secret that New Jersey’s political machine makes it hard for working-class people to participate in our democratic process. It is disappointing that debate organizers are putting their thumb on the scale by excluding me from participating and blocking me from sharing our message with voters.

“If this event goes on as announced, this ‘debate’ will only feature two candidates who share the same weak positions and have no intention of making progress on progressive issues that matter to working families. Voters will not hear anything about supporting a ceasefire in Gaza, providing Medicare for all, solutions for tackling student debt, or expanding workers’ rights. I am the only candidate advocating for these issues.

“I am not a career politician backed by political machines, lobbyists, or Wall Street. I’m not part of a dysfunctional Congress. Nor was I ever a Republican. Moderation and nepotism are not why I am running for U.S. Senate. New Jersey voters deserve choices – not politics as usual or moderate platforms that don’t address the real issues our communities face.”


Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, a nationally recognized labor leader and community organizer, brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of expertise to her candidacy for the United States Senate. With three decades of dedicated service in grassroots and union organizing, electoral campaigns, government affairs, and organizational management, Patricia is a proven champion for working families. Her commitment to higher education and labor education is reflected in her academic journey, from earning a scholarship to attend Cornell University to achieving a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Patricia’s journey as the daughter of immigrant workers escaping civil war informs her dedication to championing education as the key to a brighter future. Her resilience and commitment to diversity and inclusivity stand as pillars in her quest to represent all New Jerseyans in the U.S. Senate. As a policy expert, Patricia has demonstrated leadership in national and state legislative campaigns, where she has tirelessly fought to protect the rights of American workers, ensuring their ability to join unions, advocating for workplace safety, affordable healthcare, and dignified retirements. Patricia Campos-Medina is not just another candidate; she is a Jersey Girl ready to restore integrity, accountability, and trust in our politics, fighting for the opportunities every working family deserves. Visit for more information.